[FoRK] Re: nb: politics ~= religion
Ian Andrew Bell
fork at ianbell.com
Sat Feb 14 11:51:44 PST 2004
On 13-Feb-04, at 11:11 AM, jbone at place.org wrote:
> Why don't we, then, also match tax money flowing to PBS / NPR
> dollar-for-dollar with contributions to Fox News and radio's Westwood
Because the interests of those world views (and thus the messages they
convey) are driven by commerce, and are self-supported as such.
Although I'd beg to differ, one can argue that the voices of NPR and
PBS are marginal and need to be supported since their audiences are
smaller. The reality is that America, inc. will not support voices
which dissent against the party line... Advertisers and many companies
won't support PBS and NPR because they are critical of the capitalist
Rightly or wrongly, criticism is good -- from both sides.
And besides, only 18.3% of PBS's revenue comes from "tax dollars", that
was $292M in 2003. Not all of it is in the form of straight handouts,
either... it's in paid programming to support state educational
objectives such as Children's Television, etc. Jesus, that's a
rounding error on a Halliburton invoice.
In the UK nearly 100% of BBC's funding comes from the taxpayer, and in
Canada more like 20-25% comes from the taxpayer. And despite this, the
CBC and BBC seem to show no bias toward government, operating
effectively at arm's length. All in all, it's pretty easy to see that
we have better, more qualitative, more investigative news outlets than
the mainstream US channels.
Watching FOX News most of the programming during the prime real-estate
on the schedule is editorial, virtually none of it is investigative --
most of the "News" programming appears to be re-hashed Reuters feeds
and White House press conferences. Is this a News station or Rupert
Murdoch's Opinion Channel?
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